Tech Executive to Discuss Future of the Cloud

UT Dallas alumnus and tech executive Christian Belady MA’90 provides a voice from technology on Feb. 26, as part of the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.

Belady is general manager of Data Center Services for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and a key player in shaping the direction of cloud computing, which is changing the way people, businesses and organizations store and organize mass amounts of digital information.

Specifically, Belady is responsible for driving the strategy and delivery of server and facility development worldwide, including research, engineering, construction and operations for Microsoft’s data center portfolio.

These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for more than 200 of Microsoft’s online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide.

Before joining Microsoft, Belady worked as a distinguished technologist for Hewlett-Packard, where he was responsible for driving the technological direction of the company’s server products and their environments, as well as industry data center initiatives.  His previous employers include Convex Computers, Texas Instruments and IBM.

Christian Belady MA’90

In 2010, SearchData named Belady as one of “5 People Who Changed the Data Center” industry and helped drive innovative thinking and quantitative benchmarking in the field.

With more than 100 U.S. patents and many international patents, Belady is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society.

Belady holds engineering degrees from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He attended the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, where he received a master’s degree in international management studies in 1990. He served two years on the board of UT Dallas’ former alumni association, including one year as president. In 2010, he received the UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni award.